I had a few looked at but they take some of ur stuff as a price,
and they tell you but its their choice not urs
Good Grief!!! Can you spell conflict of interest?
all I get are vague answers
What a racket! Pick the cherries and tell you you have pits.
After a good loupe or gemscope, the most useful instrument in real
life is a refractometer. Then comes the polariscope, which neatly,
can be used as the light source for the refracto. With these two
instruments you should be able to ID the great majority of common
Forget hardness and streak tests, they involve damage to
the stone, yeah that’s real useful. A dichroscope is helpful for some
separations. UV lights have their place. SG liquids give only an
indication in most cases but never on mounted stones. IDing gems is a
process of elimination. Get the RI, tells you where on the charts you
need to look for further identifying characteristics.
The instruments are pricey. You’d have to judge how important it is
to you to be able to run the tests yourself. Kassoy has a beginner’s
kit at $1800.